Joan Hutton is a woodwind performer, composer and music educator residing in Minneapolis and hailing from Toronto, Canada. Her varied musical interests have led her over the years to classical, jazz, funk, free improvisation, pit orchestras and more. The Joan Hutton Jazz Project was created in 2017 as an ensemble to showcase her original compositions. The group has been featured on “Talking About Jazz” on KBEM-FM and at various venues around the Twin Cities including: the All Originals Jazz Series at Studio Z, the Illicet Jazz Workshop Series at Jazz Central Studios, on Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog and as guest artists with the Macalester College Big Band and the Augsburg University Jazz Ensemble. Joan also leads her own jazz trios and quartets and is co-leading a brand new group with Eau Claire-based saxophonist Sue Orfield entitled Take That, featuring all original music.
Joan Hutton also is a member of the ANCIA Saxophone Quartet, the jazz-funk group Rare Medium, and performs with Patty Peterson’s Jazz Women All-Stars. She is a guest performer with the new music group Zeitgeist, a member of the bass clarinet quartet, The Say What’s, and is launching a brand new classical reed quintet called Bdote 7.
Joan has a large studio of private clarinet and saxophone students around the Twin Cities and is the saxophone instructor at Augsburg University.
Photo by Dee Soderstrom